Four days ago, Cal flipped its offensive tackles, with Steven Moore going from left to right, and Brian Farley going from right to left. During Saturday’s closed practice, Cal moved Jordan Rigsbee -- who’d spent the first seven practices at center – to right guard, moving second-team center and one of the two men competing for the first-team right guard spot -- Dominic Granado -- to center.
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“We’re trying all the different combinations,” Dykes said. “We did that yesterday, and I thought we looked good. I felt like yesterday was probably as good as our offensive line has looked at any point, since we’ve been here. Those were the positions those guys were at. The good thing is, we’re trying to build some flexibility in there so we can figure out who the best six, seven, eight guys are, and make them pretty much interchangeable. That’s the goal.”
Those changes were in full view on Sunday, as several Cal running backs had big days, including freshman Lonny Powell, who ripped off a 32-yard run, and Jeffrey Coprich, who had a five-yard explosive touchdown run thanks to a strong second effort.
Powell also ran in the final 11-on-11 rep for a five-yard touchdown. Another offensive highlight: Ray Hudson haul in a Goff pass on the far sideline, and turn on the afterburners for a 55-yard gain, with only Trey Turner saving a touchdown by tripping Goff up at the two-yard line.
There are still other offensive line changes to come, Dykes said.
“We’ll probably going to hold Steven Moore from practice tomorrow, let him rest a little bit, and that’ll help get Aaron Cochran some reps,” Dykes said. “We feel like he’s deserving of some first-team reps, and is pushing those guys. It’ll be a good opportunity.”
Cochran will play left tackle on Monday, and Dykes said that the center spot is still up for grabs. Dykes is “very much” happy with how Rigsbee has been doing, and happy with what Granado has done at right guard.
“The good thing is, we want to make sure that we have a starter that we feel good about and a backup that we feel good about,” Dykes said.
Bryce Treggs got his foot stepped on after hauling in a 20-yard pass during full 11-on-11s, but Dykes said he’s fine. “I think somebody stepped on him,” Dykes said.
Running back Khalfani Muhammad got light work for the second day in a row because of a stiff neck.
Secondary coverage was again tight on Sunday, with breakups during one-on-ones from Antoine Albert, freshman Evan Rambo and De’Zhon Grace, who batted away a fade to Maurice Harris. During third-down work, Michael Barton also notched a breakup, as did Darius White.
Albert also made a nice stop on Kyle Wells during full 11-on-11s, and DePriest Turner -- who saw time with the first team – tripped Powell up on his big run to prevent a touchdown.
Linebacker Jake Kearney, who’s seen time off from team work dur to health, was back taking full-team reps.
Quarterback Jared Goff did not see any 11-on-11 reps on Sunday, as the Bears are at the point in camp where they want to make sure neither he nor Daniel Lasco take too many hits, and are trying to get the second- and third-teamers reps.
Coprich has come on lately given more reps, as Lasco and Muhammad have been throttled back, and one of the things Dykes said he needs to work on -- his receiving -- has taken a step, as evidenced by a shake-and-bake touchdown catch-and-run on Day 7, and another grab on Sunday.
“Jeff’s doing some good things, running the football. He’s just got to keep improving as a receiver," Dykes said. "That’s going to be the thing with him, right now, that he’s got to improve, from a receiver standpoint. We’ve got to be able to throw him the ball and know he’s going to catch it. He’s gotten better, but he’s got to keep doing better, but he’s running the ball probably as well as anybody.”